Iowa DPS aide fired for seeing daughters’ records

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Department of Public Safety employee has been fired for accessing criminal records involving her two daughters.

A judge ruled last week that ex-information technology support worker Kathleen Sohn is ineligible for unemployment benefits because she violated a policy banning employees from accessing relatives’ records.

Sohn was suspended in September after the department learned of potential misuse of a police database and launched a criminal investigation. Polk County Attorney John Sarcone declined to bring charges in October, saying he didn’t see criminal intent.

Sohn was fired in December after a disciplinary investigation. She testified during an unemployment hearing last month that she didn’t remember whether she accessed her daughters’ records last May.

Administrative Law Judge Bonny Hendricksmeyer found that assertion wasn’t credible and accessing the records violated public trust.